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Solihull marks United Nations International Day for People with Disabilities

Updated: 10:57 am, Dec 11, 2015

DIFFERENCE and equality has been celebrated in Solihull at a special event to mark the United Nations International Day for People with Disabilities.

The event took place on Thursday, December 3 at the Christian Renewal Centre and saw speakers and members of the public come together to celebrate disability and find out what opportunities and services are available to disabled people in the borough.

The Mayor of Solihull, Coun Glenis Slater, opened the day and blind motivational speaker John Flanner MBE gave the keynote speech – addressing the importance of taking the opportunities that arise and not allowing a disability to define a person.

Entertainment was provided by signger Ian McNamara, comedian Nicky Priest, SoLO choir and sign-a-long group Music in Motion.

Describing it as a ‘great day’, Coun Glenis Slater said it was brilliant to see so many people enjoying themselves.

She added: “This was a chance for people to understand and take advantage of the opportunities available to them in Solihull.

“It is vital that people with disabilities should be able to participate on an equal basis with able-bodied residents and it is important to focus on the ability and not on the disability of an individual.”